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Tech & Science S&P 500 falls toward biggest drop in nearly 2 months

01:10  03 december  2019
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This is a list of the largest daily changes in the S & P 500 . The two tables below show the largest one-day changes between a given day' s close and the close of the previous trading day in terms of points. While the S & P 500 was first introduced in 1923

It was its biggest drop in more than three months . The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 1.6 percent. Stocks remained under pressure for a second day following the Fed’ s first rate increase in nearly a Energy companies are down 12 percent in December, heading toward their worst month in more

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Stocks dropped Monday, the first trading day of December, as investors assessed disappointing manufacturing data along with the latest trade news after capping a month that featured blistering gains.

The Dow was down more than 200 points. The S&P 500 pulled back 0.7%, heading for its biggest one-day loss since Oct. 8, while the Nasdaq traded 1% lower. The major averages started off the session with slight gains before turning lower.

Shares of Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, and Apple all dropped more than 1%. Netflix traded 2.7% lower. Roku, which has been one of the hottest stocks of 2019, plummeted more than 15%.

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The Standard & Poor’ s 500 Index fell the most in more than two months amid a deepening retreat in commodities, and as investors prepare for next week’ s Federal The S & P 500 dropped 1.9 percent to 2 ,012.37 at 4 p .m. in New York, posting its first weekly drop in four and its worst since August.

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The Cboe Volatility Index, which is regarded as the best fear gauge in the market, rose to 14.7 from 12.6.

Monday’s losses on the first trading day of December came after a strong performance last month. The major averages had their biggest monthly gains since June, rallying to record highs. The S&P 500 climbed 3.4% last month while the Dow advanced 3.7% and the Nasdaq rallied 4.5%.

“The trend and momentum going into December are bullish,” said Bruce Bittles, a chief investment strategist at Baird. “However, investor optimism is registering as excessive by many of the services we follow. While optimism is not euphoric, excessive investor optimism generally suggests a pause in a bull market.”

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. continued to contract last month, the Institute for Supply Management said. The ISM Manufacturing PMI dipped to 48.1 in November. That’s below an estimate of 49.4. Stocks hit their session lows after the data was released.

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Minimum monthly trading volume of 250,000 shares in each of the six months leading up to the evaluation date. Also, when a company is dropped and replaced by another with a different market capitalization, the divisor needs to be adjusted in such a way that the value of the S & P 500 Index

The S & P 500 unofficially closed 1.3 per cent lower for its biggest one-day drop since February 8. This leaves the benchmark down 2 .8 per cent in February with one trading session to go. That makes this the first negative month for the index since March 2017 and the worst monthly performance since

“If you’re looking for a reason to sell, the ISM number certainly gave it to you,” said Art Hogan, a chief market strategist at National Securities. “The market seems like it wants to put in a short-term high here. That just means investors want to lock in some gains.”

He noted, however, that the dynamics that brought the market to record highs last month “continue to be in place”

Sentiment was also dented after President Donald Trump said China still wants to make a deal on trade, “but we’ll see what happens.” There is no clear indication of when both countries will be able to sign an agreement, and last week saw fresh tension between Washington and Beijing after Trump signed legislation supporting protesters in Hong Kong. Trump said the bill signing “doesn’t make it better.”

That comment came after Chinese state media reported Sunday that Beijing wants cancellation of tariffs for a phase one trade deal. Both sides need to reach a deal before Dec. 15. If not, additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods could take effect.

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The Dow fell nearly 500 points and the S & P 500 closed down 1.9 percent on Friday to 2 ,599.95 after China reported industrial output and retail sales growth numbers for November that missed expectations.

The broad index fell nearly 1 percent this week For the week, the tech-heavy index fell 3. 2 percent, its biggest weekly drop since the week of March 23. The S & P 500 broke below its 50-day moving average for the first time since July 5 before snapping back above the closely watched technical level.

“There’s still this cloud over the market around what’s going to happen on Dec. 15 with trade,” said Christian Fromhertz, the CEO of The Tribeca Trade Group. “This is going to have to come to a decision at some point or another whether they’re going to roll back tariffs or delay those tariffs.”

Trump also said Monday he will restore tariffs on metal imports from Brazil and Argentina. In a tweet, he said: “Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies. which is not good for our farmers. Therefore, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the U.S. from those countries.”

The percolating uncertainty around trade came despite an Axios report citing a source said Trump is expected to hold off on the additional tariffs against China in the hopes of striking a deal before year-end.

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